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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Date:Thursday 7 November 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A/B
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA
Registration: TC-55
MSN: 44114/453
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Mar Del Plata Airport, BA (MDQ) (   Argentina)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG), Argentina
Destination airport:Mar del Plata Airport, BA (MDQ/SAZM), Argentina
Crashed short of the runway. The airplane was returning to Buenos Aires following a reconnaissance flight over Antarctica.

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Distance from Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC to Mar del Plata Airport, BA as the crow flies is 1772 km (1107 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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